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Edible Parts Of A Pig

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By Luke Ward
2016-10-24T12:14:20+00:00 Categories: Animals, Food & Drink|Tags: , |

I once asked my mum what the difference is between pork and bacon, her reply was: “One comes from a porky pig, and the other comes from a bacony pig”. I never really thought about it much since then. But now I wondered what the real difference is, so here’s the answer to my question.

There are many parts of a pig which is edible, the loin, which are the pigs back, the belly, head, neck, leg and hand.

Here’s a more detailed description about what you get from where on a piggy.
From the loin, its possible to get back bacon, it can be cut into roasting joints and can be used as loin chops depending on the size of the pig.

From the neck, shoulder, blade bone area you can get chops, bacon, it can make a roasting joint and the shoulder can be used for bacon.

The back legs, also known as ham is what are used for joints of prime roast pork. They can be cut up to make gammon and surprisingly they’re the part where you get ham from, salted or smoked.

The pigs belly can be used for a roasting joint. The thick end of the belly can make prime bacon and the thin end can make streaky bacon.

The hand also known as the hock (basically the front legs) can be cut up for sausage meat, it can be used for salami, also ham can be made from this.

This is one I’ve never tried, but you can boil the tail and apparently it tastes really yummy. Let me know if you’ve tried it before and if it’s worth eating.

2016-10-24T12:14:20+00:00 Categories: Animals, Food & Drink|Tags: , |
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    Joe 30th March 2012 at 6:54 am - Reply

    There are more edible parts to a pig, you just need to get to an Asian country to find out!

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    Joe 30th March 2012 at 6:54 am - Reply

    There are more edible parts to a pig, you just need to get to an Asian country to find out!

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    Curiosities 24th July 2011 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Portuguese people eat the whole thing! Look on youtube for Portugalnomics, it mentions it. It also mentions that the portuguese took the Tea to the UK, btw.

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    Anonymous 7th June 2010 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Not a word about the intestines. Best eating in the world. They are called chitterlings. You boil them for four hours…drain…rinse…batter and fry. A Southern tradition.

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    Brother Tim 10th March 2009 at 6:36 am - Reply

    I come from Louisiana. We call the hocks, ‘pig knuckles’, and use them extensively for seasoning in beans and greens(collards, spinach, etc).

    We also take the entire head, boil it down for several hours till all flesh, eyeballs, brains, lips and ears fall off the bone, chop it up, add spices and gelatin. This is put in a mold and chilled. We call it hoghead cheese, or just hoghead for short. The Germans have a similar thing called souse.

    The only unedible parts of a hog are it’s bones and hoofs.

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    EADotCom 9th March 2009 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Chinese use the tail for soup. Add some special dates, lotus roots and you get a yummy traditional dish!

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